Using GPS to track turtles

Turtles living on the Murray River are having GPS tracking devices attached to their shells in order to monitor their movement.

In a move initiated by the Yorta Yorta people, the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s Arthur Rylah Institute are tracking the turtles on land until the devices are removed in October.

The turtle is an important totem animal to the Yorta Yorta people and they are very concerned about protecting them.

They are attaching the devices to the threatened broad-shelled turtle and the common long-necked turtle (just like Franklin!) – the devices have been configured to be active during the breeding season and only when the turtles are out of water.

For more information, read the article at http://www.theage.com.au/national/gps-backpacks-on-turtles-in-study-to-protect-species-20120704-21hj4.html#ixzz1zhxV36MA